609 期 (2012 年 5 月) Renting an Apartment in Taipei 高二愛 陳尚陽 Chen, Shang-Yang Having a place to relax on the weekend would be lucky. Sadly, although there are several places suitable for me, most of them are in Taipei City, and that’s the worst thing. As everyone knows, the real-estate prices in Taipei are insane! Even if I had a job now and continued working for ten years in a row, I could still only buy a toilet in downtown Taipei. Therefore, to find a cheap and convenient apartment will be my ultimate goal for years to come. Let’s see when the day will come. If I could rent a house, convenience would be the first thing I would consider. No matter how luxurious or comfortable a house is, there will be no point if it is thirty kilometers away from downtown. To be qualified as my cozy home, the candidate must be close to an MRT station, since I don’t want to be stuck in the scary traffic jams of Taipei every morning. Next, a nearby supermarket like Costco and Carrefour is required. That way I wouldn’t be starved to death. Also, to make sure that I will not be bored, entertaining facilities must also be accessible in the area, such as movie theaters, baseball fields, bowling alleys, and so on. Finally, to improve my living quality, parks such as Da-an Forest Park are essential. Worse Than a Quitter is The Person Who is Afraid to Begin 高二仁 鄭雅勻 Cheng, Ya-Yun You have probably heard the proverb “Worse than a quitter is the person who is afraid to begin”. This proverb is an advice which was given by my English teacher, and it has a great influence on me. Take me as an example, I felt frustrated in my first year in senior high school, because it w as very difficult for me to memorize all the formula and understand all the laws, such as Kepler’s laws of planetary motion for physics. When I was about to give up; however, thanks to my English teacher’s timely encouragement, I have the courage to try again. At first, I wasn’t believe in myself, and was lack of confidence, but I spent much of the time reading textbooks again and again, so I can make it. Afterwards, I became more patient in learning, and I also figured out the best way for myself to learn. By learning step by step, I got the tips in doing physics question, and made progress on it. The saying has an effect on me not only on school work, but on dancing. I have a passion on dancing, but the way to a great dancer was tough. Last year, I was the leader of the school dance club, so I need to come up with a five minutes choreography for school’s talent show.
月) 中學 A B C 2 However, after two months, no matter how hard I tried, my mind was still completely blank. Feeling depressed and discourage, I was about to quit. However, my English teacher encouraged me that only perseverance and constant efforts bring success. Since I love dancing so much, I kept listening to the songs, feel the melody and the beat, asking dance teacher for help. Moreover, I searched many dance videos on YouTube, and got inspired by my favorite dance girl group, The Pussycat Dolls. After much hard work, my dance takes formation. Now, I have confidence in not only school work, but also in dancing. We face different kinds of challenges every day, but the thing really matters is not about what kind of challenge you faced, but do you have the courage to take risks and give it a try. Thanks to my English teacher; now, I have the courage to overcome any difficulties, because I know” Worse than a quitter is the person who is afraid to begin”! Love 高二仁 蔡凱仲 Tsai, Kai-Chung "Love is the irresistible desire to be desired irresistibly." The famous American poet Robert Frost has once said. To love and desire to be loved are the basic human traits; but what does love truly mean? Is it a thing that you would sacrifice everything just for that person? Does it make you give up part of your character and make you who you are? The majority might think that love is just a feeling, but it is really more like a choice. As it is said “action speaks louder than words”. Love doesn't come easy; you have to put efforts in order to get it. A commitment is made when you choose to love someone, and if you have made the decision, you have to stick to it; even through the tough times. When love comes your way, it may make you feel like you are at a paradise on Earth, but it can also make you fall into the deepest crater, Therefore, you have to be prepared, and be careful not to wreck what you have. Because if you do end up with a broken heart, it will be almost impossible to mend. Love is like a calm river. It has its twists and turns, ups and downs, but out of all, it will have its majestic sights, and tremendous moments. Love is beyond any restrictions and rules. It can further encourage you to be a better person when you’re in love. Love has the extreme power that allows anything to happen. All of us possess the hidden potential. All it takes is recognition and an inspiration. With the right person by your side, you can sail through the tough times of life. However, you cannot love anyone if you don't love yourself. To be in love and even the desire to be loved by others can only be fulfilled if you value and love your life and your existence in this cosmos. Love knows no boundaries and discriminations. This world is a sensational creation of the almighty, and with love we can fill the best colors, making it more vibrant and lively. As a conclusion, love is not about what we can receive from it, but what we can contribute or give to it. The more we give, the more are the returns.